May 2, 2014

USA TODAY: General: Military should’ve tried Benghazi rescue.

Lovell’s testimony contradicts the story that the Obama administration gave in the early days following the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Back then the administration insisted that the best intelligence it had from CIA and other officials indicated that the attack was a protest against an anti-Islam video that turned violent.

Lovell’s testimony is the first from a member of the military who was at Africa Command at the time of the attack. Lovell was deputy director for intelligence at Africa Command.

This thing continues to stink.

UPDATE: Austin Bay sends this column by way of background. He comments: “Now, I think this is the testimony that influenced McKeon —i.e., his statement that the military did everything it could. Now, I’m basing this on memory, but at least two officers said AFRICOM was not postured to respond effectively. I have my own doubts about that, given the length of time the security team in Benghazi resisted the terrorist attackers.”